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Last Dance World Series presented by RWJBarnabas Health

Pool Play Day 3

Thursday, July 16

Pool 1 Crossover

At Brick American Baseball League

Dragons Baseball (Brick) 6, R-Ville (Robbinsville) 2

MC Hammers (Monroe) 11, Liberty Lions (Jackson Liberty) 2

At FirstEnergy Park, Lakewood

Allentown 6, Mustangs Baseball (Brick Mem.) 2

Jackson Jags (Jackson Memorial) 7, Monmouth Monarchs (Manalapan) 2

Ryan Lasko and Tom Cartnick ripped two-RBI extra-base-hits as part of a six-run third inning while Nick Beetel and Joe Santoriello took care of the work on the mound as the Jags handled the Monarchs to advance to next week's round of 16. Jackson will take on Middlesex at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton.

With the score tied at 1-1, Lasko crushed a triple to the warning track in left-centerfield to chase home two runs. Two batters later, Cartnick lined a shot up the alley in right-center to plate two more and stretch the Jackson lead to 5-1.

Carmine Petosa and Jake Wendell each added an RBI single in the inning, which capped the Jags' scoring for the game.

The Monarchs jumped on top with three first-innings singles off Beetel. Nick DiPietrantonio drove in the first run with a single through the left side.

Lasko created the first Jackson run in the bottom of the inning by walking, taking second on an errant pickoff, stealing third and taking home on one end of a double-steal.

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Jackson (3-0)106000X771



Joe Mazza (L)1.13766064
Tyler Kane2.23001337
Aarush Sood10001116
Sebastian Czajkowski1100019
Nick Beetel (W)44113677
Joe Santaniello32111246


Top Hitters

MonarchsGame Stats
Nick DiPietrantonio2-3, 2B, 2 RBI
Chris Marzo2-2, BB
JacksonGame Stats
Tom Cartnick2-2, R, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 SB
Ryan Lasko2-2, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 SB
Carmine Petosa1-3, R, RBI, SB
Jake Wendell1-2, BB, RBI, SB
Bill Petrina1-1, BB, R


Pool 2 Crossover

At Christian Brothers Academy

Blue and Gold (Marlboro) 11, Wall Knights 1

Middletown North 10, Lincroft Colts (CBA) 2

Colin Dowlen pitched five shutout innings with eight strikeouts and went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI to lead the Lions to a rout of the Colts to complete a Cinderella run into week two of the Last Dance World Series.

Danny Frontera led the offense by going 3-for-4 with a triple, four RBI and three runs scored. Mike Roditis also went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI and R.J. Kernan was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI. Shane Doyle added a double and two runs as well for Middletown North.

Middletown North started pool play as the fourth seed in the four-team Freehold Regional pool, behind teams from Freehold Township, Marlboro and Freehold Boro. In three games, the Lions scored 29 runs (no fewer than nine in any game) and their three starting pitchers - Dowlen, Frontera and Ryan Rozinski - gave up only one earned run between them in 14 combined innings.

Next up, Middletown North will take on its rival from Middletown South Tuesday, with the game currently scheduled for 3 p.m. at Trenton's Arm and Hammer Park, but subject to change.

Middletown North vs CBA

At Hockhockson Park, Tinton Falls

Columbia Blue (Freehold Twp.) 13, EB Bears 8

Monmouth Dogfish (Freehold Boro) 10, Prep Baseball (Mater Dei) 0


Pool 6 Crossover

At Count Basie Field, Red Bank

RBI Baseball (St. John Vianney) 8, RBC Baseball 3

Blue and Grey (Howell) 3, Neptune 1

Nick Guerino hit a tie-breaking single in the bottom of the sixth inning and left-hander Jake Lenardo fired four shutout innings of relief to catapult the Blue and Grey into the Last Dance South Jersey Round of 16.

Starting pitcher Chris Ellison allowed one run over the first three innings and gave himself a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the bottom of the first.

Neptune starter Thomas Gamba-Ellis also helped his cause with a game-tying RBI double in the top of the third. Gamba-Ellis lasted five innings and left with the score tied at 1-1.

Howell's squad added an insurance run for Lenardo in the sixth on a bases-loaded walk by Vin Impresa.

Next up, Howell will take on Kingsway on Tuesday at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, with the start time currently scheduled for 3 p.m.

Howell vs Neptune

At St. Rose Complex, Wall

Long Branch Green Wave 7, St. Rose 0

Monmouth Regional 6, Long Branch Green Wave 1


Pool 8 Crossover

At Barnegat High School

Central 13, B Baseball (Barnegat) 2

Panthers Baseball (Point Boro) 9, Griffins Baseball (Donovan Catholic) 5

Senior Oscar Scott hit a game-tying double as part of a five-run Point Boro third inning and pitched a clean 1 1/3 innings on the mound to help propel the Panthers past the Griffins and into the South Jersey Round of 16 on Tuesday.

Donovan Catholic exploded for five runs in the top of the third inning, highlighted by a two-run single by senior Liam Leonard. Point Boro came back with five of its own in the bottom of the frame, with Scott's shot to the left-field fence chasing home the tying runs.

The Panthers took the lead with three runs in the fourth, all of which scored on two Griffins errors. Freshman Connor Cilento - who collected six hits in three games during pool play, accounted for an RBI in the inning when he reached on an error that plated a run from third.

Senior Kyle Fisher added on a run with an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth.

Matt DeWitte picked up the win in relief and Sam Young closed it out on the mound following Scott's work in middle relief.

At Leiter Field, Bayville

TR East Baseball 9, Point Beach Gulls 0

Southern 12, Tuckerton-Little Egg Harbor (Pinelands) 2


Pool 15 Crossover

At North Wall Little League

MS Baseball (Middletown South) 7, Matawan 4 (8 Innings)

Senior catcher Anthony Esposito blasted a game-winning, walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning and MS Baseball rallied past upstart Matawan to win a thriller and advance to Tuesday's South Jersey round of 16.

MS Baseball rallied for single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to erase a 2-0 deficit, but Matawan responded with two runs in the top of the eighth to jump back in front, 4-2. Aiden Holman and Tim Egan hit back-to-back singles with one out and moved up a base on a wild pitch with Ryan Anderson at the plate.

Anderson hit a line drive to centerfielder Tom DeMarco, shallow enough for a play at the plate. First baseman Joe Stanzione relayed the throw from the outfield to Esposito at the plate, but Holman slid in just under the tag for the go-ahead run. Egan then scored on a wild pitch to add an extra run to the cushion.

MS Baseball led off the bottom of the eighth with the top of its order and got right to work, starting with Danny Minze reaching on a hit-by-pitch. Second baseman Jack Sheridan followed with a single through the left side and both players moved up on a wild pitch. Another wild pitch with shortstop Chris O'Connor at the plate scored Minze and moved Sheridan to third as the tying run with none out.

O'Connor settled for a walk and Stanzione followed with another hit-by-pitch to load them up for Esposito with none out. The left-handed-swinging backstop saw two pitches and on a 1-1 offering from Matawan reliever Christian Rivera, he unloaded with a long drive to right field that comfortably cleared the fence and set off a celebration at home plate.

O'Connor got the Eagles on the scoreboard with an RBI single in the sixth and freshman Ben Schild came through with a game-tying, pinch-hit sacrifice fly with one out in the bottom of the seventh that scored starting pitcher Chris Lotito.

Lotito struck out 15 and fired 120 pitches in six innings of work in taking the no-decision. One of the two runs the Seton-Hall-bound right-hander allowed was unearned and he surrendered three hits and five walks in the process.

Junior Matt Pontari took over in the seventh and struck out three straight after hitting Matawan leadoff man Jay Kalieta. Matawan chased Pontari in the eighth and after Jack Shea walked the only batter he faced, Evan Wood induced an inning-ending groundout to position himself for the win.

MS Baseball will play the winner of Thursday evening's game between Lincroft Baseball (CBA) and Middletown North in Tuesday's round of 16, with the site and time to be determined.

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MS Baseball (3-0)000001157101



Eli Gries-Smith782231103
Christian Rivera (L)02551016
Chris Lotito6321515120
Matt Pontari1.22222341
Jack Shea0000105
Evan Wood (W)0.1000008


Top Hitters

MatawanGame Stats
Eli Gries-Smith2-3, BB
Aiden Holman1-3, R
Tim Egan1-4, R
Griffin Falco1-4, BB
MS BaseballGame Stats
Anthony Esposito2-3, HR, BB, R, 4 RBI
Chris O’Connor2-3, 2B, BB, R, RBI
Mike Cowell2-3
Chris Lotito1-2, BB, R
Patrick Eagone1-2
Mike Rauso1-2
Jack Sheridan1-4, R

Cougars Baseball (Colts Neck) 4, RFH Bulldogs 3

At Wanamassa Fireman’s Park

Hazlet Renegades (Raritan) 8, Jersey Shore Monsters (Shore) 6

OT Spartans (Ocean) 8, Holmdel 7



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